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The 2010 Boston Marathon: Race Day! April 23, 2010

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On Marathon Monday, I got up at 4am. I kind of laid there for 10 minutes or so in shock. “I’m running a marathon today?” I rolled over and said to Irving, “Um, I don’t want to run a marathon today!!” He said “Too bad. Get up.” hahaha

I met my team at the Marriott in Copley and we all walked together to the busses. I had no idea that the busses were on Tremont Street! It was a long walk!

But it was fun to pass Emerson College on the way!

The bus lines were CRAZY! But it was well organized and the lines went quick.

The bus ride was about an hour long. It was crazy because the further the bus was driving, the more I realized that I had to run all the way back! That’s far! haha

The busses dropped us off at Athlete’s Village, but we were able to bypass the crowds and head to our VIP DFMC refuge at a church near the start line. It was really nice to have a place to hang out for the 3 hours we had to kill before the race.

We stole some street signs along the way. I know, that’s probably illegal, but look how cool they are!

PS, that’s my new friend Alicia! She’s awesome and I was so excited to have a teammate to hang out with! Plus, I love her braids. 

Inside, I couldn’t really sit still. I would get up and down. Pack and repack my fuel belt. Three hours is a lot of time to kill when pre-race jitters are setting in! There was so much going on around us! I had my breakfast while I was waiting. That helped a bit. 🙂

We also killed some time by remembering the reason we were running. There were banners to sign for kids who are currently fighting cancer. They’re rockstars!

And Uta Pippig was there signing Jerseys!!! She signed mine too!

Finally, it was time to head towards the startline! Then things really started happening fast. I didn’t even know what was happening. It didn’t feel like I would be running 26.2 miles in a few minutes!

It was fun to see the sea of DFMC jerseys walking together to the start!

 I can’t believe I’m one of the runners!


We found our corrals and hopped right in!


My number was 22501 out of 26,000. So that means there were about 4,000 people behind me!

The weather was PERFECT! It was 47* at the start. 
And then the countdown to the start began!
 
All of a sudden, the next thing I knew, I was running! Somewhere in the first mile, I hit “stop” on my watch! But I caught it right away. That would have been tragic. Whew!

Peter kept reminding me to slow down. It was downhill, so it was easy to go out too fast. It was elbow to elbow runners for the first three miles or so. I stuck with my 5:5 intervals, and I kept thinking I was going to get trampled every time we stopped. But we hugged the guardrail on the side so we didn’t get in anyone’s way. 

My fuel belt was way too big. That’s what I get for trying something new on race day I guess. It kept riding up and it was annoying. But after awhile, I found my rhythm and it was fine. I remember miles 1-3, but for some reason, I don’t remember the next few miles. I think I was just going with the flow. It didn’t even feel like my legs were moving. It felt—easy. 

Miles ahead of me was the elite runners. My family and friends took pictures of them.
This is the pace car.  Hannah Kearney was in it. She won Gold on the moguls in the 2010 Olympics! I love athletes!

I didn’t see him, but my “fans” caught Ryan Hall zooming by!
 

Another elite man:
 
The woman who WON! Her body amazes me. Congrats!

I love this picture too! Those guys do the whole race with upper body strength. Amazing.
 
So anyways, while they were like at mile 20, I was still chugging along through the early miles. I remember passing the 6 mile marker thinking, only 20 more miles to go! At that point, it was a piece of cake. Anything less than 20 miles to go was doable. I didn’t have the slightest twinge of pain anywhere.

At Mile 7.8, you could see yourself running in the windows of Hansen Electric!
 
Here it is zoomed in!
 
Around mile 8, Peter took off. I wanted to maintain my energy and I knew I had to slow down a little if I wanted to make it over the Newton Hills.

Miles 8-11 were fun. All the little towns along the way were great. There were so many people cheering. People kept screaming my name. It was pretty awesome. Some of the local bars had karaoke going on. Hearing “sweet caroline” was a great boost. All the runners were singing along “so good! so good!”

Then I was just excited to get to Wellesley College. I heard that was one of the highlights of the race. I could actually hear them screaming about a half mile before I got there!



Here’s a video:

They were really inspiring. It gave me strength through the next few miles. I started to slow down a little around mile 14. Not too bad, but I think I got a little lonely. There were still TONS of people cheering, but you could see the crowd thinning out a little. Not too many runners around me at that point either. But I kept going. I kept repeating out loud “wow, i’m running the BOSTON MARATHON”! I was running the same race on the same day as Ryan Hall!

 
After this, I was just running for the Newton Firestation. Once I got there, I knew I was in the home stretch (as far as I’m concerned). It’s at mile 16, which is the start of the newton hills. Finally, I saw the turn!!


There are four Newton Hills (the last one being heartbreak hill
I was pretty much walking at this point. (Running the downhills and the flats, but walking up). I didn’t think they were too bad, but they were long. At one point, I thought I was on the 3rd hill, but turns out, it was only the 2nd. I started to get a little anxious because I knew all my friends and family were coming up!!

Finally at the bottom of heartbreak hill, I saw Chely! She ran up heartbreak hill with me! I was SO happy to see her!


It was so nice seeing her!!! Thank you, Chely!

Here we come! My sisters and Irving came down to see me at that point too!
 
 
 And at the top of the hill, everyone was there!

Look at this fan club I have!
My mom:

Mikaela:

Laurie:
PS… love the “Run Dana-Fahba” haha

They waited for like 4 hours for me!!!

They started to get creative. haha
 

Hi Deanna!



And then finally I got there! I was so happy to see everyone!
 
My mom had my orange slices ready. HAHA LOVE HER! Thanks mom!!


They rounded up a bunch of BC kids to run with me for a bit. haha Irving and Laurie went a few miles with me. I was really happy to have the distraction! I just started to get a little tired.

Mile 22!

And then I saw my friends!!!!! Hi Steph, Katie and Mark!!! So excited to see you guys on the side! They came with me down Beacon street for a while. Sorry I wasn’t too chatty at that point. But I was SOOOO excited to see you guys!! Thank you!

Then they jumped on the T to head to the finish line, and Irving went the last few miles with me (all the way to mile 26!) The police were threatening to open the streets to traffic, and the busses kept going by me, trying to pick me up! But I ran pieces and walked really, really fast and they left me alone. 🙂

In fact, we were walking so fast that I maintained a 13 minute mile through the end! Then I went under Mass Ave, and saw the right turn onto Hereford. I knew the finish line was right around the corner!!! I picked it up a little bit and as I ran down Boylston Street, I saw my family and friends again!

They were on both sides of the street!!! Here are a few of the pictures they snapped!





And there you have it! My first Boston Marathon! A PR by 31 minutes! I finished in 5:57:17.

An average pace of 13:38!
 
I’ll be posting official race photos, statistics and my reflections and thoughts on the race this weekend! Stay tuned!

 

The 2010 Boston Marathon: Pre Race

So you might want to grab a cup of water and grab a comfy chair before you read this post. It’s sure to be pretty long. 

So backing up to the very beginning…
On Friday night, we took a red eye flight (on Virgin!) to Boston. At the airport, we saw an Emerson friend that we knew! While we waited to board, I played the “who else on my flight is running Boston” game. haha
 
Once we landed, we went directly to Dunkin’ Donuts! I avoided caffeine a few days before, but that didn’t stop me from getting a munchkin’!
 
My parents picked us up at the airport and we went directly to the Boston Marathon Expo at the convention center. Our flight arrived at 6am and the expo didn’t open til 9am. But it was fun to hang out and chat and relax before the craziness began.


Then they opened the doors and all the volunteers clapped as we walked in. 



And I got my very own Boston Marathon bib!



My dad bought me this Boston Visor!

 As someone on twitter said earlier, “I trick or treated at the expo”. haha There were so many goodies! Some highlights: Cape Cod Chips, Organic Granola Bars and Coconut Larabars! Mmmm I think my parents had fun walking around too. There was so much to look at.

Then we headed over to the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge packet pickup. They had a really cute check-in. Everything was so organized and everyone was really nice!
 
When I got to my house, the rest of my family was excited to see Irving and I! 

Look who was first in line to greet us! I miss Mr. Gizzy!
 
We had a fun dinner Saturday night too!

After dinner, I tried on some of my new marathon gear and posed for my grandparents!
Thank you, Irving, for my jacket! I LOVE it! 
And the shirt I have on was the free technical shirt that all entrants got. Pretty sweet, huh?
 
My sisters and aunt got busy making signs to hold during the race.
  

But the first order of business was to figure out how to draw a “runner girl”. haha

And then things got a little crazy when trying to draw giraffes…. does this look like a giraffe to you? HAHAHA 

 Then I started to get my stuff together for race morning. I think it’s so awesome we got to keep our timing chips this year. Usually you have to give them back at the end. It’s a nice memento to have!

I attached it to my shoe right away.

I also pinned my bib onto my shirt! It looks good, yes?

My dad made me a sign too! Thanks, Dad!

 
That night, I slept for a glorious 12 hours. It felt SO good to be rested.
Sunday, Irving, my sisters and I headed into Boston for a Marathon-themed day! 

We headed directly to the Finish Line to take some pictures. 


It was a little rainy out, but I’d much rather see it rain Sunday instead of Marathon Monday!!

Next time I see this, I’ll be a Boston Marathon Finisher!

Then we found this awesome backdrop and had a photo session. 🙂


And with my sisters!!

Oh, and a shot of my AMAZING Jacket!! It’s official!
 
Then my friends met us down there! They came all the way out in the rain to say hi and wish me luck. They’re amazing. Thanks guys, you have no idea how awesome it was to see you guys!!!
 


And then, in a panic, I realized that my fuel belt wasn’t going to work, so we headed over to City Sports to buy a new one. (I know, I know, nothing new on race day! But this was an emergency!)

After a fun afternoon, we headed over to the Copley Marriott for the DFMC Pasta Party!!!!
 
I got so energized by all the DFMC stuff everywhere. There was a lot of excitement in the air! Peter and I found our names on the “Living Proof” board. We’re both survivors running for Dana-Farber!

haha, Ta-da!
 
So excited I got to share this with my sisters and Irving!
 
The room was huge!! It looked so good!

The centerpieces were cute too!
 
We ate LOTS of pasta! It was pretty good, actually. During the meal, they had a slideshow going. We caught two of our pictures!



The speakers were great. Uta Pippig was there! She has won a lot of marathons, but is best known for being the first woman to win the Boston Marathon three consecutive times (1994–1996). She was so inspiring!

And our DFMC Coach, Jack Fultz, spoke too. He won the 1976 Boston Marathon.
 
He had a lot of great tips to share. I think the funniest was when he told us that during the whole race, people would be screaming “Go Dana-Fah-bah!”. 🙂

And our very own DFMC Teammate, Valerie Bertinelli was there too! She was adorable. I’m so proud that she chose to be on our team. Thanks, Valerie!

 
She was even nice enough to take a picture with me!!
 
What a great night!
See you in Hopkinton!
 

 

I am a Boston Marathon Finisher! April 21, 2010

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I have a huge post coming full of pictures and details, but I’m so exhausted from traveling. I hope to have it up in a couple of days.

But I did it! My goal was to finish in under 6 hours, because that’s the unofficial cutoff the Boston Athletic Association has. And I finished in 5:57:17! That is definitely a PR for me by 31 minutes!!! Wow! I PR’d in Boston! Nice!

It was an amazing race, full of family, friends and wonderful teammates. Thank you so much to everyone who made this one of the best weekends of my life!
 
If anyone else has pictures of me from the weekend, post them on facebook or email them to me so I can post them here. 🙂

I’m off to take an ice bath **shiver** see you in a few days!

 

Ready. Set. RUN! April 18, 2010

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Oh my gosh, I’m running a marathon tomorrow!!!!! Can’t believe it’s here!

Ready. Set. Run!

 

Watch us Live, Track us Online! April 11, 2010

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If anyone will be on the Boston Sidelines, let me know where you’ll be so I can look for you! And scream loud in case I’m in the zone!

This is what I’ll be wearing during the race, so be sure to keep a lookout!


There will only be 550 other people wearing this jersey. lol

And be sure to cheer for my friend Peter too!

If you can’t be there in person, you can track us via email or text! It will give you updates on where we are on the course in real time!

Click here for more information!

My Bib # is 22501 and Peter’s is 22923.

See you in Boston!

 

 
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